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Preventative Maintenance

As busy as we all are during this time of year, most of us don’t have time to think about our vehicles. But some preventive maintenance now could help avoid some big problems later. The topics I want to discuss this month concern items we tend to take for granted.

The first topic is automatic transmission fluid. It is important maintain the proper fluid level. Check the fluid level with the engine running and transmission in park. If low, add the type of automatic transmission fluid specified in the owner’s manual and/or on dipstick. For maximum performance, change every two years or 24,000 miles, or as directed in owner’s manual.The second topic is your vehicle’s battery and cables. The battery should be securely mounted. The battery connection should be clean, tight and corrosion free. If the battery is three years old or more, have it tested and replaced if necessary.

In the event you should become stranded while driving, it is important to have the following items in your vehicle. Be sure to keep a flashlight with fresh batteries, blanket, extra clothes, ice scraper, whisk broom, first aid kit, windshield de-icer, snacks and bottled water. Before you stock your vehicle, check the air pressure of your vehicle’s spare tire. Many people find their spare is flat when they need it most. While you have the air pressure gauge out, check all the tires. Tires lose about a pound of pressure a month and should be checked regularly. Low tire pressure will lower your gas mileage and could contribute to an accident.

The last tip I would like to offer is to keep you gas tank at least half full during the winter months. Not only will you be able to run your car longer should you become stranded, but the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and freezing will decrease.

Written by: Michael Cecil Jr.

C & W Body Shop, Inc.  1415 E 500 S, Greenfield, Indiana 46140   317-861-5746



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